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Peter Schwendener has been part of the Chicago jazz scene for nearly three decades. He moved to the city in 1979 after receiving formal training in Boston at the Berklee College of Music. Since then, Schwendener has played at such Chicago jazz institutions as The Green Mill, Pop's for Champagne, The Jazz Showcase, and the fondly remembered Leslee's, where he held down that venue's first regular job.

Schwendener's playing is rooted in a love of simple melody and the blues. He earned "Critic's Choice" accolades from The Reader in the 1980s, when Neil Tesser praised the "judicious economy" of his playing. And in 2011, Evanston Round Table music critic Natalie Wainwright singled him out for playing the kind of music "people who love jazz will enjoy."

Fans of Schwendener's live performances can now enjoy his playing on CD. His new recording, Kickstand, features 10 songs chosen, Schwendener writes, because "they lend themselves to a simple melodic approach." Numbers include Oscar Pettiford's "Tricrotism," Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Shall We Dance?" and Chicago icon Gene Ammons's "Hittin' the Jug." The album also features two new songs written by Schwendener.

Kickstand boasts a truly impressive line-up of jazz veterans. Schwendener is joined by trumpeter Art Davis, who has played with Frank Sinatra and countless others, and by George Fludas, whom Schwendener calls "one of the best jazz drummers in the world." Schwendener's longtime collaborator Dan Delorenzo plays acoustic bass, and Bill Overton plays tenor saxophone. Together, the players on Kickstand achieve music that is sophisticated, pleasing and fun.
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